On today’s episode of All in the Industry®, host Shari Bayer’s guest is Joseph “JJ” Johnson, a James Beard-nominated chef best known for cooking the food of the African Diaspora. JJ is a chef on Buzzfeed’s Tasty platform and debuted a cooking show, Just Eats with Chef JJ, on TV One’s new network Cleo. He has two projects in New York from his new restaurant group, Ingrained Hospitality Concepts: Henry at Life Hotel, a full-service restaurant in NoMad that opened in early fall 2018 and was recently named one of the Top Ten Best New Restaurants by The New York Times; and Fieldtrip, a quick casual rice bowl shop featuring global-inspired flavors, which previewed at the US Open and will open its first location in Harlem in 2019. JJ’s signature style of transforming simple cuisine with bold and unexpected ingredients was inspired by the Caribbean tastes he grew up with, combined with inspiration from his travels and his signature R+B and hip hop playlist. JJ published his first cookbook in spring 2018, “Between Harlem and Heaven” (Flatiron Books). He serves on the James Beard Impact Programs Advisory Committee and is also on the board of Food Bank for New York City, taking action to ending hunger. Today’s show also features Shari’s PR tip, Speed Round, Industry News discussion, and Solo Dining experience at chef Kevin Tien’s Himitsu in Washington DC. Listen at Heritage Radio Network; subscribe/rate/review our show at iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify. Follow us @allindustry. Thanks for being a part of All in the Industry®!

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